Synopsis: the idiosyncratic story of a brown girl with an American passport and very little compunction about pursuing what she wants—even when she should stop and think it over. Salihah dances, drinks, dates and attempts to find her purpose in this autobiographical novel that chronicles a young woman’s twenties. With a little flirting, a lot of signs from her guardian angel and her crew of eclectic travel buddies she makes her way across four continents. Her companions on theses escapades include a half-Ethiopian half-Brazilian dating guru, a gay retired ballet dancer and a collection of lovers from the beach who can never come home to her real life.

Rating- ** 2.5 stars

My thoughts:

This book was not one of my most favorite reads. In comparison to most Indie books I have read, it was very well written, informative, and intelligent. However, my connection with the title Character who is also the Author had been severed within the first four chapters.

While I enjoyed being led through the vast cultures during Salihah’s travels, I didn’t grasp how one could be so misguided. The title character had little to no remorse for the wrong doing she had done on her travels, her lack of morals, and her demeaning behavior by blaming the world except herself for her misfortune and short comings: all in all she was both the protagonist and antagonist to me.

By the end, I couldn’t stand it anymore. I was angry. The time is set before terror was the world’s worst enemy, so I understood that precaution was maybe an afterthought. But as a woman, she had no common sense towards safety. Her infidelity was depressing, and I found myself wondering at times, why hadn’t anyone tried to kill her yet? She was so loose throwing caution to the wind. She had no respect for the people who had gone out of their way to help, her family was the least on her mind, and even her life’s path was not something she paid attention to. It reminded me of a bratty girl with no moral compass and a selfish streak of 180 on a crash course to see the world and wondering why she can only view it alone. Wondering why, once she returned home, there was no one to care or greets her.

Besides my beef with the main character, it was a very stimulating read. Salihah’s depiction of cultures and their homes was almost like watching the discovery channel, the knowledge and explanations were vast and enticing. Her travels were descriptive and inviting.

While I envied her free spirit to go with the flow and let her compass for traveling be her guide, I couldn’t understand why she put herself in impossible situations. I guess you can chalk it up to growing pains.

****Although I may not have liked the book very much, I do however want to acknowledge that one may not like everything they read, and encourage my viewers not to pass judgment on my thoughts alone. While it may not have been my cup of tea, it could very well be yours. Happy Reading always!****